Thirsk Course Guide

Racing takes place throughout the summer at Thirsk with the highlight being the Thirsk Hunt Cup. Open to older horses and run over a mile usually at the start of May, the race usually attracts a sizable field.

The Michael Dods-trained Osteophathic Remedy has been a standing dish in the race in recent years, winning in 2010 and then finishing 6th, 2nd, 6th, 4th and 3rd in the five subsequent renewals. He was particularly unfortunate in 2012, when he finished second to the future Lockinge and Champion Stakes winner Farhh.

The North Yorkshire track also stages a useful Conditions Stakes. Run over six furlongs for older horses each April, the Michael Foster Conditions Stakes has been won by smart sprinters Markab and Heaven’s Guest in recent years. Given its close proximity to the Malton and Middleham training centres, the course is popular with many leading Northern trainers.

Flat Racing

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The round course is a left-handed, oval track, just over a mile and a quarter in extent, with a run-in of half a mile. There is a straight six-furlong course, which is slightly undulating throughout. The round course itself is almost perfectly flat, but though the turns are relatively easy and the ground well levelled all round, the track is on the sharp side and by no means ideal for a horse that requires time to settle down, and time and space to get down to work in the straight.

There’s quite an advantage in being close to the stands’ side rail on the sprint track at Thirsk and it can get congested there. The top turn on the round course catches some horses out - it’s an undulating left-hander - and you see quite a few lose their race there. Balance is critical at that point, as there’s a ridge that throws you out to the right, and, if you don’t meet it well, you can struggle the rest of the way round. If you’re on one that handles it, though, you can kick and get all your rivals in trouble.

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13:45 Jenny Roberts Original British Millinery - EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (Div 1)

(Class 4) (7f)
Grey, white epaulets, grey sleeves, white stars (Al Thumama Racing)
  • Winner: Poets Dream
  • Jockey: Barry McHugh
  • Trainer: Mohamed Moubarak
  • Owner: Al Thumama Racing

14:15 Jenny Roberts Original British Millinery - EBF Novice Stakes (Plus 10) (Div 2)

(Class 4) (7f)
Orange, dark blue armlets (Paul & Dale Chapman Racing)
  • Winner: Air Raid
  • Jockey: J Garritty
  • Trainer: Jedd O'Keeffe
  • Owner: Paul & Dale Chapman Racing

14:50 Barkers Of Northallerton Nursery

(Class 5) (7f 218y)
White, royal blue stars, red and white diabolo on sleeves, white cap, red star (Weldspec Glasgow Limited)
  • Winner: Che Bella
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: K Dalgleish
  • Owner: Weldspec Glasgow Limited

15:30 EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes

(Class 4) (7f 218y)
Dark blue and maroon diabolo, maroon sleeves, dark blue cap (Jon And Julia Aisbitt)
  • Winner: Caravela
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: M R Channon
  • Owner: Jon And Julia Aisbitt

16:05 EBF Handicap

(Class 3) (7f 218y)
Dark green, mauve sleeves (Mr Tony Fordham)
  • Winner: Kryptos
  • Jockey: Nicola Currie
  • Trainer: John Berry
  • Owner: Mr Tony Fordham

16:40 Personal Touches Handicap

(Class 4) (6f)
Yellow, red disc, yellow sleeves, red stars, red cap (Reality Partnerships V)
  • Winner: Kenny The Captain
  • Jockey: Sammy Jo Bell
  • Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Reality Partnerships V

17:15 Calverts Carpets Hambleton Cup Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 4f 8y)
Red, yellow star, royal blue sleeves, yellow armlets and stars on royal blue cap (Tullpark Limited)
  • Winner: Barwell
  • Jockey: Callum Rodriguez
  • Trainer: M Dods
  • Owner: Tullpark Limited

17:45 Christmas Party Nights At thirskraces Book Now Handicap

(Class 4) (5f)
Royal blue, beige hoop (Leeds Plywood And Doors Ltd)
  • Winner: Sheepscar Lad
  • Jockey: Lewis Edmunds
  • Trainer: N Tinkler
  • Owner: Leeds Plywood And Doors Ltd
Grey, pink chevron, pink sleeves, grey armlets, grey cap, pink star (Mr P Venner)
  • Winner: Erissimus Maximus
  • Jockey: J Fanning
  • Trainer: C A Dwyer
  • Owner: Mr P Venner

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Thirsk Racecourse Ltd
Thirsk Racecourse
Station Road
North Yorkshire
01845 522276

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